Burnside Photographic "The question is not what you look at, but what you see." – Henry David Thoreau

March 21, 2012

Mountain Loop Trail

Mountain Loop Trail

Mountain Loop Trail is 3.0 miles long and is billed as the “Most Difficult” trail in the park.  It’s not so bad, really.  There’s no actual climbing involved, unless you consider walking uphill as climbing. The worst you could say about it is that it’s two miles up and one mile down.  (That’s a joke.)  It lacks the attraction of the lower trails – primarily Nescopeck Creek, but you get a nice view through the bare trees to the ridge of Mount Yeager.  At the high point, the trail is less than 2,000 feet from one of the high point of Nescopeck Mountain, which is a little frustrating.  So near and yet so far.  I was tempted to bushwhack through State Game Land #157 to the top, but it was getting a little late and I didn’t know what I’d encounter on the way, so I decided to leave that for another day.

The last shot in this show is of a tick which I brought home with me.  This time of year, it’s always advisable to check for ticks upon returning home, and I’m sure glad I did.  I brushed him off, but instead of squashing him, I captured him and took his portrait as a warning.  This little guy is about 3/16″ from nose to tail, but he (she?) could do a lot of damage if left alone to bury itself in a human or a doggie.  So be forewarned.  That’s about my peak in wildlife photography.

March 17, 2012

Creekside Trail

Nescopeck Creek, Late Afternoon

 

Yesterday I had a meeting in Jim Thorpe and stopped at Nescopeck State Park on my return trip.  The timing was great, because I arrived in the late afternoon light and walked for perhaps two hours along a trail that yields ample opportunity to photograph the beautiful creek as well as the enclosing woods. The sun was low in the sky on the return trip, resulting in the exquisite dramatic light of sunset in the woods.

March 15, 2012

Nescopeck Trail

Lake Frances

Nescopeck State Park in Pennsylvania is situated between two mountain ridges and is traversed, oddly enough, by Nescopeck Creek. A relatively new state park, I had not been familiar with it, but was motivated to visit by the suggestion that I might find images appropriate to display in their park office and visitors center.

The park has much to offer, and today I visited only what may be considered the principle trail, with many others to which I look forward. I think the features that must intrigued us, (Cousin Rob and I) were the odd trees – some with multi-trunks emerging from the same roots, and others that seemed to sprout new directions at right angles from their initial growth. As are our state parks, it is a wonderful place to visit, especially on an unseasonally warm day in March!

I look forward to returning soon for more rigorous exploration!  Hope you enjoy.

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